A woman wipes her nose on a handkerchief.
An example of a handkerchief is a small square of cotton cloth that you carry in your pocket and use to wipe your runny nose when you have a cold.
nounpl. -·chiefs· or -·chieves·
- a small, square piece of linen, cotton, silk, etc., for wiping the nose, eyes, or face, or carried or worn for ornament
Origin of handkerchiefhand + kerchief
nounpl. hand·ker·chiefs, also hand·ker·chieves
- A small square of cloth used especially for wiping the nose or mouth.
- A large piece of cloth worn as a decorative article; a scarf.